"The Path of Least Resistance"

(Genious Collective Records 2007)States - The Path of Least Resistance

Only five years ago, The States' Chris Snyder and Previn Warren began writing songs together in their Harvard dorm room. Since then, the band have added drummer Joe Stroll, who they met when he responded to their Craigslist ad, to the line-up. On the band's sophomore release, they continue to combine their classically trained background and infuse it with energetic rock sensibilities and lyrics that catch your ear.

"By now I should know better than to fall in love with strangers," Snyder admits on the softer "All the Salt in the Sea" as the full melody swirls around offering a dreamlike setting for the song dedicated to an nameless girl on the subway. The States step up with a solid groove on the darker sounds of "Black Jack," a song written from the point of view of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and which won the band grand prize at The John Lennon Songwriting Competition. Gritty and engaging, it is easy to get carried away with the catchy "CCTV (I'm A Star)" as the band again addresses politics while "Charm Offensive" offers a melodic guitar sound.

With hints of The Killers in their synth laced indie rock sound, The States' "The Path of Least Resistance" is modern and fresh as it reminds of the past. The States take control and offer a well balanced blend that captures listeners' attention with engaging instrumentation and constantly changing dynamics while offering something edgy without really trying. The States' "The Path of Least Resistance" is a winning new chapter in the NYC rock scene.